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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

77. AN OLD WEAZLE AND MICE (Perry 511)

An old Weazle that was now almost past mousing, try’d what she could do by her Wits, when she found she could live no longer upon the Square, and so conveys her self into a Meal-Tub for the mice to come to her, since she could not go to them. They came thick and threefold at a time, as she expected they should, till at last one experienced Stager, that had baffled twenty Traps and Tricks before, discover’d the Plot, and quite spoil’d the Jest.
THE MORAL. The want of a Force, Strength, and other Abilities to compass our Ends, must be supply’d by Industry and Invention.

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